It is my understanding that, at their Spring Conference in
(8th March), Liberal Democrats voted to devolve powers to Cornwall.
Their press release states that:
“It is now Liberal Democrat party policy to introduce a ‘Devolution Enabling Act whereby legislative devolution is available to
(recognising its historical, cultural and linguistic claim to autonomy).’
“It would allow
to demand and negotiate a package of law-making powers that would be
transferred from Westminster to Cornwall.
A Devolution Enabling Act would also allow London
and other areas in England
with a population of a million people or more to bid for their own law-making
assembly if they wanted to.”
This is an interesting development, though the Liberal Democrats have been here before.
The Lib Dems contested the 2005 General Election and Cornwall County Council elections with a Cornish Manifesto, which included a commitment to a Cornish Assembly. And upon winning control of Cornwall County Council that year, they published a list of priorities that included a pledge to “establish detailed plans for a Cornish Assembly” within their first year of office. The Lib Dems did not take this pledge forward and instead pushed through the centralisation of local government in
Mebyon Kernow will be putting pressure on the Liberal Democrats on this issue in the coming weeks and calling on them to fully back MK’s campaign for a National Assembly for
with powers broadly equivalent to the Scottish Parliament. Cornwall